Monday, July 27, 2015

Teaser Tuesday 270: Riding High

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



I thought you might like something hot and steamy for July, so this week's teaser is from Riding High by Vicki Lewis Thompson.


Good thing he'd dug in his heels before starting this maneuver or they would have both gone down. Instead they were plastered together like sheets of wet newspaper. He wrapped his arms around her to steady himself and discovered he was enjoying it far too much.








ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Sons of Chance #14

Saddle up!

There ain't a rider that can't be thrown. And large-animal veterinarian Regan O'Connelli was thrown hard when he discovered his fiancée with his best friend. Now he's starting his life over at the Last Chance Ranch, run by the tightly knit Chance clan. But damned if his libido hasn't perked up over the spirited redhead who looks a lot like trouble….

Lily King is the queen of anti-structure. Turns out, that makes running a horse sanctuary a challenge. Regan's help is exactly what Lily needs—not to mention the seriously sexy sparks that are flying between them. Now she just has to convince this fallen cowboy to dust himself off and get back in the saddle…and into her bed!





Saturday, July 25, 2015

Random Photo: From the Arboretum

Arboetum Walk, June 21, 2015 . . .







Spike Lobelia


May Apple




Marsh grasses, Boardwalk Wetlands


Wetlands -- though all you can see in this photo
 is the tops of reeds and grasses


Blue-Flag Iris, Arboretum Wetlands







Friday, July 24, 2015

Skywatch Friday 111

A storm moves through, 13 July 2015



We started the day with blue skies and some clouds . . .





In the afternoon, the storm clouds moved through the area -- the north side of town saw more rain than we did, making for some interesting skies and cloud formations looking towards the north.




Is that France I see in the sky? How fitting for the day before Bastille Day.



















A beautiful sunset glimped through the trees.





LINKING TO: Skywatch Friday





Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday Thirteen 382: Curtis Prairie Walk

Photos from a Curtis Prairie Walk, UW Arboretum, 21 June 2015 -- I have identified those plants I know for sure.



Spiderwort -- I was glad I went early to walk around other parts of the
Arboretum before the guided walk, as these were all closed up by the time the
walk started. Spiderwort does not like hot, sunny afternoons.
Your best chance to see them in bloom is before 11 am, unless it's a
mild, cloudy day -- then you might see some in the afternoon.


There was a LOT of spiderwort this year


White Indigo. The white variety grows
 vertically, the cream horizontally.




Marsh Pea


Daisies -- there seemed to be more daisies everywhere this year!


Indigo seed pods


Blue-Flag Iris -- this is actually from the Wetlands, which I
visited prior to the guided Prairie Walk


There was an abundance of prairie roses this year as well. 




A gall on one of the prairie plants


Native Wood Lily -- you can tell it is a native species
by the gaps between petals 


Canada Anemone




LINKING TO: Thursday Thirteen







Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Wordless Wednesday 182: Grady Walk

A Mostly Wordless Wednesday -- Photos taken 19 June 2015 at Grady Tract, UW Arboretum.



Tall Beardtongue 


Spiderwort


Black-eyed Susan


Butterfly Weed


Yarrow


Butterfly supping on some puccoons


Phlox


Cinquefoil


Wood Lily -- you can tell this is a native variety by
the gaps between the petals. 


Prairie Rose


Spike Lobelia -- this one is smaller than it seems in the photo


Bee and Ox-Eyes


Crown Vetch, a member of the pea family



LINKING TO:

Wordless Wednesday






Monday, July 20, 2015

Teaser Tuesday 269: Inferno

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week's teaser comes from Inferno by Dan Brown, the fourth book in his Robert Langdon series. This comes from near the beginning.



Langdon bolted awake, shouting.

Where am I? What happened?

The back of Langdon's head throbbed, a gnawing pain. Gingerly, he reached up with his free arm and touched his scalp, trying to locate the source of his headache. Beneath his matted hair, he found the hard nubs of a dozen or so stitches caked with dried blood.






ABOUT THE BOOK:

In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.






Saturday, July 18, 2015